Linking leader humility to employee creative performance: Work engagement as a mediator

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Xiaokai Li
Jinli Xue
Jinhua Liu
Cite this article:  Li, X., Xue, J., & Liu, J. (2021). Linking leader humility to employee creative performance: Work engagement as a mediator. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 49(6), e10358.


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In this study we identified leader humility as a critical leader characteristic relevant to promoting employee creative performance, and examined work engagement as a mediator of this relationship. Data were collected from 41 supervisors and 237 subordinates employed at 15 high-tech firms in China, who completed a survey. Structural equation modeling results revealed a partial mediation model in which leader humility was positively related to employee creative performance both directly and indirectly via work engagement. These results suggest that leaders of organizations should be encouraged to practice humility and that managerial interventions should be implemented to stimulate employees to feel engaged in their work.

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